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to be watching these guys. maybe we need to change the laws so we can watch them. on the other side lawmakers say this is a free country. you can't just watch somebody because they are strong believers. how deep is the divide? >> we are going to see weeks and months of debate about this. same kind of othing we saw after the failed underwear bombing plot and the times square bombing plot, questions about holding the suspects as enemy combattants. if there is any evidence that the fbi or intelligence services made a mistake expect republicans to seize on that and use it as an opportunity to accuse the president of being too politicly correct in challenging what they think is a war against radical islam. >> i want to bring in a republican from pennsylvania and a member of the homeland security committee. good morning. >> nice to be with you. >> as you go into the briefing what are your concerns and questions in. >> we want to try to know what happened as every other american does with a little more detail. i think you identified the questions that are out there. from the front end, what is it that i
of military vehicles, buses of police and motorcycles and other armed law enforcement officers. all congregating in the staging area behind me across from the mall in a parking lot. it looked like they were preparing for some sort of confrontation if not an assault. there were a lot of sirens going on. that activity seems to have abat abated. they think they know where the suspect is. clearly there was a pretty good sense here watching this that they seemed to be preparing for what could be a very violent confrontation with the suspect or suspects. shortly about a couple of hours ago now, governor patrick came out and we were told that the entire city of boston was under lockdown. that seemed to escalate the concerns. we don't know right now as we have been told, they believe they have the suspect cornered in an area and the second suspect is on this amtrak train. then the threat, a largered in threat may have abated, but you have to keep in mind they found the ied in the city of boston that has to raise the question are there more out there they have to be concerned about? even if
these law enforcement agencies is the mayor and others have said at the federal, state and local level. and indeed, from the region. we have an unprecedented level of law enforcement support and engaged here and working very, very well. and very seamlessly with each other under the leadership of the fbi and gives me comfort. it should give the public comfort, as well. over here. yeah? >> process so far that helps you understand something maybe from the materials that helps you understand the level of complexity of the device or sophistication or origin of the materials to help to understand the domestic source or international source? >> i think i know what you're getting at. let me turn it over to rick who is going to i think not comment. >> thank you, governor. i can't comment on that aspect of that. what i think is important to say and that i would like to on behalf of the boston jttf today is say there's no known physical eminent threat at any location might be conducting investigating the area. >> are there -- >> can you tell us, first of all, anything about the nature of th
, and among dead are 3 to 4 fire fighters, and a law enforcement officer slashed a fire fighter who was reported missing has been found alive but in serious condition at an area hospital. governor rick per is expecteded to give a news conference at 12:45 eastern time from the texas department of public safety headquarters in austin. chris, back to you. >> is there a sense, and i understand that this is a very small town in a fairly rural area, but is there a sense that they have the help that they need there, charles? >> well, it is a very small town, and it was a volunteer fire department which was decimated by this. when the first responsibilitiers -- responders arrived they realized what a calamity it was, and help came from as far as dallas-fort worth, waco austin. mutual aid was called in, and communities all around this region poured into this area until about 1:00 in the morning when the dps finally said, objection we have enough people on hand. we think we found all the survivors and treated the injured and gotten them out of town, so we don't need any more help, but it was
for law enforcement to put it together. >> the boston police department was one of the early departments to be trained at the oklahoma city, the terrorism institute for in oklahoma city. i think the boston pd is extr e extremely well led and very sophisticated. the fbi has a field office in boston. you couldn't have a better law enforcement investigative community there. obviously, the good thing and i think mr. van zandt focused on it, is the fact that you had an opportunity hopefully to observe a lot of things a as a result of cameras. that comment about the bomb dogs coming in apparently before the placement of these devices. if each of them are 20 pounds apiece, that's a pretty burly person could handle that. may have been two people like tim mcveigh and one of his associates in oak city. they need a lucky break. state trooper who saw that broken license plate, but we've got to get to the bottom of it. we will and whoever's responsible will be tried and convicted and i think mercifully, hopefully, if they are responsible for this horrific act, will be executed d as we did tim mcveig
and a graduate of harvard law. good to see you, congressman. good morning. >> good to see you. >> the next step of this i guess the more serious step has come from four senators and one congressman so far who are calling for dzhokhar tsarnaev to be called as an enemy combatant. let me play what lindsay graham said about that. >> he should be designated as an enemy combatant and question him for intelligence gathering purposes and find out about terrorist organizations that may exist that he has knowledge of. >> congressman, you releaseded a statement disagreeing with that. why? >> i don't think there's a constitutional legal basis to treat him as an enemy combatanc. i don't see how we can do this constitutionally. i understand that senator graham would like to prolong the interview and we all want to get as much information as we can but there are limits to what we can do and those limits apply in a situation of an american arrested for committing a heinous act like this on american soil so i don't think there's a constitutional legal basis. i also agree with dan collins. there's a lot we can d
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